Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has broken his silence after two months about the tackle of Sergio Ramos on Mohammed Salah on the night of Champions League final.
Salah was forced off during the final after Ramos’ tackle.
Sergio Ramos heavily got criticised for the calculated nature of the challenge on Liverpool’s top goalscorer. Jurgen Klopp, though, did not hold back in his thoughts on Ramos’ role in his side’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in May.
He called the challenge “ruthless and brutal” before likening it to a move seen more often in wrestling matches. Klopp told reporters,
“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid then you think it is ruthless and brutal. I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup, and nobody really thinks about that later. But in a situation like that somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming, then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card but to look again and say: ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless.”
Even the reporters couldn’t stop Jurgen Klopp from delivering the late outburst about the tackle.
“I’m not sure it is an experience we will have again. Go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper. Put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game. That was the story of the game. Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn’t like. As a person, I didn’t like the reactions of him. He was like: ‘Whatever, what do they want? It’s normal.’ No, it is not normal.”
The Liverpool manager also believes the referee should have been courageous.
“We are aggressive but I always use the word ‘legal’ as well. Usually, if you try something, you will get punished. Someone will see it and ban you for four or five weeks. But in this example, no one. This ref should have had the courage to decide that game. In this situation we didn’t get it and, if you write this, people will say I am weak or a bad loser or a whiner. I am not. I accept it. It’s not like I wake up in the morning and think: ‘Ramos.”
Liverpool are next in action when they face Manchester United in the International Champions Cup in Michigan on Saturday.